Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
NCL's Great Stirrup Cay Beach
(Note: The Norwegian Sky at Anchor)
As this private island is in the Bahamas, English is the preferred language and if not using your shipboard credit account, US Currency is accepted (needed if you plan to shop at the Straw Market).
Great Stirrup Cay was the cruise industry’s first private island playground. It is part of Bahama’s Berry Island chain and lies about 50 miles from Nassau. This private retreat is an unspoiled paradise of powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. Lush wooded areas add to the beauty of this setting. As the island is surrounded by a reef, coral and fish are abundant in the waters of the peaceful cove. Hammocks, swaying palm trees, lounge chairs lining the beach and a private mansion complete the landscape. The island even boasts its own lighthouse.
Typical Bahamian tropical weather is what to expect. Average temperatures easily range in the 80’s, but an occasional cold front will cause a drop in temperatures. The average water temperature is 72°.
Your ship will anchor off-shore and you will be tendered to the island.
NCL's Great Stirrup Cay Straw Market
There is a Straw Market on the island that offers a wide range of Bahamian crafts and souvenirs. Some of the bargains are better than those you will find in Nassau.
The beach offers swimming, snorkeling, paddle boats, catamarans and rafts. You can circle the island in a kayak or sailboat. The ship’s calypso band provides the opportunity to practice your limbo techniques. Take a hike along one of the nature trails in search of the lighthouse. Play a game of volleyball, then search out one of the palm-shaded hammocks to relax. For those so inclined, the ship’s spa also sets up an area for beachside massages ($1 a minute).
Lunch Time on Great Stirrup CAy, Bahamas
NCL provides a very nice barbeque luncheon and an enclosed bar offers tropical drinks, soda and beer.
1075 users found this review helpful.
As it turned out, the rush to get on the island was not a great as expected so the tender we boarded was not full at all and the ticket was not necessary....read more
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Jen Great Stirrup Cay is a pretty little island. I thought there was going to be a bigger beach area though. There's not much sand between the rocks...read more
394 users found this review helpful.
We were on the first tender, Gene took one of the first chairs and umbrellas, Robert, Larry and I walked a ways down the beach and there weren’t many...read more
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We arrived at Great Stirrup Cay, but tendering ashore took some time. Offloading 2,000+ passengers took some time. They have a reservation system in place...read more
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Of the three private islands we’ve been to, CocoCay, Princess Cay, and Great Stirrup Cay, we found Great Stirrup Cay to be the prettiest. Its lush wooded...read more